Jun 26, 2022
The interdisciplinary major in Jewish Studies investigates the study of Jewish religion, history, culture and languages through a variety of academic perspectives. Students can work with scholars in the School of Religion in USC Dornsife College, the Louchheim School for Judaic Studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and faculty across the USC campus trained in religious studies, Jewish thought, history, linguistics, literature, international relations, political science, music and sociology. The curriculum is designed to allow students options in combining courses that focus on Judaism as a religion with those that focus on history, literature and other forms of Jewish culture and civilization.
Students choose among courses that focus on Judaism as a living religious system and those that focus on Jewish history, culture and society in its global setting.
Three core courses are required: REL 301 Introduction to the Study of Religion, REL 401 Seminar in Religious Studies, and either JS 100 Introduction to Jewish History or JS 180 Judaism.
In addition, students choose five courses from the Judaism as a Religious Tradition track and the Jewish History and Culture track listed below for a total of eight courses and 32 units.
Students may choose one lower-division course and four upper-division courses or five upper-division courses.
A. Core Courses (three courses required)
B. Judaism as a Religious Tradition (at least one course required)
C. Jewish History and Culture (at least one course required)
- HEBR 315 Modern Hebrew Language (Hebrew IV) Units: 4
- HIST 305 From Goddesses to Witches: Women in Premodern Europe Units: 4
- HIST 323 The Holocaust in 20th Century Europe Units: 4
- HIST 383 The Modern Middle East Units: 4
- HIST 402 Cultural Heritage, Religion, and Politics in the Middle East Units: 4
- HIST 443 Race and Religious Riots in Modern World History Units: 4
- HIST 444 Mass Violence and Comparative Genocide in Modern World History Units: 4
- HIST 446 Resistance to Genocide Units: 4
- ITAL 352 The Holocaust in Italian Fiction and Film Units: 4
- JS 100gp Jewish History Units: 4
- JS 211gw The Holocaust Units: 4
- JS 214 Zionism, Israel, and the Modern World Units: 4
- JS 300 American Jewish History Units: 4
- JS 315g Anti-Semitism, Racism and Other Hatreds Units: 4
- JS 330 Jewish Power, Powerlessness, and Politics in the Modern Era Units: 4
- JS 340 Modern Jewish History Units: 4
- JS 342 Reading in Two Directions: Connecting Law and Literature in Jewish Tradition Units: 4
- JS 360m Identity, Community, and Service: Jews and Other Americans Units: 4
- JS 362 Terror and Resistance in Literature and the Media Units: 4
- JS 379gm Mixing and Matching: Intermarriage in the 21st Century Units: 4
- JS 381 The Jew in American Society Units: 4
- JS 383 Jews in American Popular Culture Units: 4
- JS 389 Culture and Society in Israel: Inventing the Dream Units: 4
- JS 390 Special Problems Units: 1, 2, 3, 4
- JS 415 The American Jewish Experience in Film Units: 4
- JS 428 Blacks and Jews: Conflicts and Alliances Units: 4
- JS 490x Directed Research Units: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
- JS 499 Special Topics Units: 4
- MSCR 475 Introduction to Jewish Music Units: 2
- SPAN 350 Cultural Cross-Currents of the Iberian Middle Ages Units: 4
D. Major Electives (three courses required)
In addition to the three core courses in Area A and one required course in each of Areas B and C, student must complete three additional courses chosen from the lists above. No more than two courses in total may come from the lower-division (100- and 200-) levels.
Jewish Studies majors are encouraged to take HEBR 120 , HEBR 150 and HEBR 220 , which fulfill the Dornsife College foreign language requirement.